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Member FAQ

Purchasing a membership

How can I join or renew?
There are four ways to join or renew:
  1. Go online
  2. Call 415.581.3740
    Office hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM
  3. Stop by the Member Desk or Museum Store at the museum
    Museum hours: Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM
  4. Mail a check made payable to “Asian Art Museum Foundation”
    Asian Art Museum
    Membership Department
    200 Larkin Street
    San Francisco, CA 94102

How long is a membership valid?
A membership is valid for one year.

Who is eligible for discounted memberships?
We offer discounted memberships for Teachers ($50), Students ($50), and those who live Out of Region ($60), meaning 200 miles or more outside of the San Francisco Bay Area. We also have three discounted senior (age 65+) rates: Senior Member ($69), Senior Member Plus ($89), and Senior Member Premium ($119). Visit our member page to view benefits for each level.

How do I upgrade to a higher member level?
You can increase your membership support any time by contacting the Membership team during office hours (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM) at 415.581.3740 or stopping by our Member Desk during museum hours (Tuesday–Sunday, 10 AM–5 PM). If you pay the full amount of the higher level, we will add 12 months to your current membership and immediately upgrade your member benefits. You may also pay the difference for the higher member level and keep your current membership expiration date.

Do you offer family memberships?
Yes, we offer our Rhino Club, a special membership just for kids! You can add Rhino Club to any membership level for $50 ($35 is tax deductible). With the Rhino Club add-on, all children in the family under the age of 18 are able to enter the museum for free. View our Rhino Club page for more details.

I would like to buy a gift membership for someone. How can I do this?
An Asian Art Museum membership is the gift that keeps giving all year long! You can purchase a gift membership online by selecting the member level and clicking the “Give this membership as a gift” link. You can also call the Membership team at 415.581.3740 or stop by our Member Desk. Your gift recipient will receive a special gift packet in the mail within 2-3 weeks.

Member Cards

How long will it take for my membership materials to arrive in the mail? Can I still visit the museum without my card?
You will receive your new member card/s and tax acknowledgment letter in the mail within 2-3 weeks from the day of purchase. However, please note that during very busy times, like during the holidays or before a special exhibition opens, it may take longer. If you come to the museum before you receive your member card, check in at the Member Desk and present a photo ID, and you will be issued a temporary member card.

How many member cards should I have?
Member ($89), Senior Member ($69), Out of Region ($60), Student ($50), and Teacher ($50) receive one member card. All other membership levels come with two member cards.

How many admissions do I get with my membership? What about for member receptions and events?
Member ($89), Senior Member ($69), Out of Region ($60), Student ($50), and Teacher ($50) receive two free admissions per visit (the cardholder and one guest).

Member Plus ($119), Senior Member Plus ($89), Member Premium ($179), Senior Member Premium ($135), and Friend ($500) receive up to four free admissions per visit (the cardholder and up to three guests, or two cardholders and one guest each).

Patron ($1,000) receives up to six free admissions per visit (the cardholder and up to five guests or two cardholders and two guests each).

For all member receptions and events, admission is limited to two people, regardless of one's member level. Reservations are required unless otherwise noted. Please check your invitation for additional event details.

Can I give my member cards to family and friends to use at the museum?
Member cards are nontransferable. The member cardholder must be present in order for the member guest to receive free admission.

What happens if I lose my member card?
You can request a one-time replacement member card at no charge. Call 415.581.3740, email members@asianart.org, or visit us at the Member Desk to request a new card. Please let us know if you need one or both member cards replaced.

Member Benefits

What are the basic benefits of membership?
All members enjoy these core benefits:

Priority Access
  • Unlimited, free admission
  • Free tickets for all special exhibitions
  • Members-only line for quick and easy entry
Exclusive Events
  • Private Preview Days before exhibitions open to the public
  • Members’ morning viewing hours
  • Invites to monthly Tour, Talk & Tea
  • Free tickets to the annual Opening Party
Special Perks
  • Subscription to Asian, the members’ magazine
  • 10% discount at the Museum Store (20% during Member Appreciation Days)
  • Free or discounted multimedia tours
  • An unlimited number of guests during Thanksgiving week
What is a reciprocal membership?
Members at the Premium, Friend, and Patron levels receive reciprocal membership to 800 museums across the US with a current member card and reciprocal partner stickers. Learn more about our reciprocal membership program.

How do I find out about member events and museum programs?
Stay up-to-date on member events by visiting our signing up for our Member E-news and visiting our online calendar. As a member, you also receive the Asian magazine three times a year.

How can I meet curators as a member?
Friends and Patrons are invited to special events with curators throughout the year, including our Curator's Choice lectures and opening receptions. Learn more about these upper levels of membership.